Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,542 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Black Souls
Lowest review score: 0 Rambo
Score distribution:
3,542 movie reviews
  1. Duplex's tenant-from-hell scenario is as predictable as it is tedious -- a tinny, unsatisfying throwaway farce.
  2. The violence is plenty, and pointless.
  3. Tobey Maguire, terribly miscast and squeaky (that voice - it belongs to a kid!).
  4. I'm ripping up my Lars Von Trier fan club card.
  5. Art-directed within an inch of its life, Sleuth has the smirky gloss of a project that everyone involved with thinks is terribly good, and terribly clever. These people - Branagh, Pinter, Law and the usually great Caine (even in bad stuff) - are laboring under an epic misconception. Sleuth is just terrible.
  6. A temptation that can be easily and safely resisted.
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  7. A standard-issue, ineptly executed serving of the genre's staples, from skeptical cops to an all-knowing psychic.
  8. The sheer brutality of Oldboy is stunning, especially a deeply disturbing scene in which Brolin tortures Samuel L. Jackson. But this is an unrelievedly grim and hermetic experience throughout, the cinematic equivalent of blunt trauma.
  9. Plunges into a void created by a stale and incredibly derivative plot.
  10. Just call this movie "The Hangover: AARP Strikes Back."
  11. The animation in Planes: Fire & Rescue is considerably better, the landscapes grander, and the 3-D flight and firefighting scenes more exciting.
  12. The thing about stoner comedy is that, well, it helps to be stoned.
  13. Like a grade-school version of an Indiana Jones adventure.
  14. Apocalyptically awful romantic comedy.
  15. Cross "Get Shorty" with "State and Main" - Hollywood hustlers, colorful crooks, crafty poseurs, and a production crew on location - and you have the stuff of The Last Shot. One other thing: eliminate anything funny.
  16. No one is getting at anything in The Strangers, except the cheapest, ugliest kind of sadistic titillation.
  17. Essentially a series of walking character sketches. The storytelling is slack and lackluster, the cliches rampant.
  18. A groaningly awful romantic comedy.
  19. What distinguishes The Dilemma in this genre is its resounding unfunnyness, its emotional dishonesty, and the general unlikability of its cast of characters.
  20. With its first-person-shooter perspective and gun-andrun narrative, this one’s for the PlayStation crowd. It’s not a movie. It’s an adrenaline pump and purveyor of raw carnage.
  21. The script is a stupid mix of Teutonic tongue twisters (say hello to Herr Schniedelwichsen), hoary German cliches (from phallic sausages to U-boat spoofs), and bad slapstick.
  22. OK, they squeezed one more lap out of this franchise. It's been a fun ride, but it's time to shut things down. If you get my drift.
  23. It fails as a gripping home-invasion thriller.
  24. As artistic achievements go, Mona Lisa Smile is strictly a paint-by-numbers affair. No shading. Little in the way of perspective. To call it one-dimensional would be an act of charity.
  25. A slasher spoof of sorts, except that unlike the "Scream" pics, scant effort seems to have gone into the spoofing aspect of the story.
  26. Another high school vixen movie, this one with a potty mouth (the vixen) and pretensions of social commentary (the movie), Pretty Persuasion brings to mind a number of other titles, all better.
  27. A case of when bad scripts happen to good actors. Given its similarities to a bygone sitcom, one might call it "Friends" without benefits.
  28. An unfortunate collision of earnest coming-of-age cliches and off-key acting, Evergreen almost, and certainly unintentionally, presents itself as parody.
  29. If the moral of Click is a stop-and-smell-the-roses bromide about how family comes first, the real message of this sappy, potty-mouthed seriocomedy is that a steady diet of Drakes and Hostesses will do you no good.
  30. Surrogates, which borrows tone and content freely from "I, Robot," is all windup and no pitch.

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